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Retiring to SpainWomen's narratives of nostalgia, belonging and community$
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Anya Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313304

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.001.0001

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Conceptualising, theorising and narrating retirement migration

Conceptualising, theorising and narrating retirement migration

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(p.17) Two Conceptualising, theorising and narrating retirement migration
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Retiring to Spain
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Anya Ahmed

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.003.0002

The focus of this chapter is on the processes involved in constructing shifting and overlapping forms of belonging to different kinds of community and how this illuminates experiences of retirement migration. The chapter begins by begin by presenting a discussion of my conceptualisation of retirement migration and then unravel my approach to theory, explaining how women’s experiences and agency are placed within wider structural contexts. This chapter explores how understanding of retirement migration is gained through a thematic and structural narrative analytic approach centring on plot, time, identity or positionality and an analysis of linguistic devices employed. An important part of my approach to understanding women’s experiences of belonging and community in retirement migration is the analytical use of nostalgia as a chronotope which the chapter suggests links time and space in narrative. First however, an outline how the chapter conceptualises retirement migration is presented.

Keywords:   thematic narrative analysis, structural narrative analysis, plot, time, identity, positionalities, linguistic devices, nostalgia chronotope

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